Kolkata Knight Riders’ massive win over Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021 on Thursday (October 7) has assured them of a place in the playoffs this season. Eoin Morgan’s KKR gave a huge boost to their net run-rate as they beat Royals by 86 runs.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are currently sixth on the points table with 6 wins from 13 matches and will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league match on Friday (October 8) evening. With their net run rate reading -0.048, MI can only equalize KKR’s points with a win over SRH. However, KKR’s NRR of +0.587 is almost an insurmountable path in Rohit Sharma’s favour.
Can Mumbai Indians qualify for the playoffs?
When two teams are level on the points, their NRR comes into play in deciding which team will be placed higher on the points table. MI could equalize KKR’s points with a win on Friday, but their negative NRR game makes it almost ‘Mission Impossible’ for MI.
Talking about the statistics, Mumbai will have to beat SRH by a huge margin of 171 runs. The five-time IPL champion also needs to bat first at all costs. If they bat second, there is no mathematical way through which they can improve their NRR to such an extent that they can go above the Knight Riders.
MI beat Royals by huge margin To give themselves a better chance of qualification in their previous game, little did they know that KKR would do even better against Royals to turn the equation in their favour.
Class bowling performance followed by class batting performance @ShivamMavi23 Man of the match for his brilliant 4-wicket haul, which got derailed #RR line up #VIVOIPL | #KKRVRR | @KKRiders pic.twitter.com/xlsYPbu44Q
– Indian Premier League (@IPL) October 7, 2021
Rohit Sharma is paying the price for a poor start to the UAE campaign. Having lost 4 out of their 6 matches since the resumption of IPL 2021, MI have failed to replicate their valor from the last season.